It’s the weekend. Finally. And you are ready for a weekend of wine tasting relaxation. You’ve been dreaming of sipping a glass of perfectly blended Pinot Noir and gazing upon the Oregon vistas all day when you realize, you don’t know where to go! What wineries should you visit? Where is the best place to grab lunch? What American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) are in the area? Luckily, you don’t need to be a Willamette Valley expert to explore the region because we are, and are willing to give you all of our secrets to sipping your way through wine country.
First things first, you need a home base for your adventures. Somewhere centrally located so you aren’t driving more than you need to. A place with beautiful views and relaxing rooms that make you feel like home the second you arrive. Bella Collina Bed and Breakfast outside of Amity, OR is the perfect lodging for any wine excursion. With views of vineyards in all directions, large rooms with panoramic windows, and large property with waterfalls, gazebos, and a fireplace to help you relax after a long day of winery tours. The best part? Fresh, farm-to-table breakfasts each morning. Arrive at your room and relax with a glass of wine as you watch the sunset.
Wake up to the wafting smell of home-cooked breakfast wafting through the air. Come down to piping hot coffee and freshly baked pastries. A stunning 2-course breakfast is served at 9 o’clock and you will find your first taste of this wonderful region. Enjoy savory or sweet entrees varying from yogurt parfaits and fluffy crepes to egg fromage and seasonal vegetable scrambles. After a filling, delicious breakfast, you’re now ready to explore wine country!
Eola / Amity Hills AVA:
Starting at the Bella Collina B&B, you are already in the heart of Wine Country. This AVA stretching from Salem up to our B&B and over to Amity contains over 100 vineyards and 30+ wineries and tasting rooms. We recommend heading over to Keeler Estate to see their organic and biodynamic farming process. Or you can head to Bjornson Vineyard to see their beautiful farmhouse winery with a stunning view of Mt. Hood.
Lunch at Community Plate:
McMinnville Foothills AVA:
Yamhill Carlton AVA:
Dinner at Barberry:
Back to Home Base:
Once again, the wonderful smell of coffee and homemade breakfast will pull you out of bed. Find an entirely different breakfast spread in front of you, yet just as satisfying as the day before. Put on some sunscreen, finish your coffee, and head out for your second day.
Dundee Hills AVA:
Lunch at Ruddick/Wood:
Ribbon Ridge AVA:
After the lovely weekend filled with wine-tastings, scenic drives, delicious locally fresh entrees, and memorable friendships, it is sadly time to go home. Hopefully, you purchased a bottle or two to bring home with you and remember your wonderful weekend in the Willamette Valley.
Planning a wine tasting weekend? Book a Stay at the Bella Collina B&B, a luxurious inn located in the heart of Oregon wine country.